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Richard Thomas Ross

November 11, 1927 September 7, 2018
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Obituary for Richard Thomas Ross

Richard Thomas Ross, 90, of Aston, PA passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at home.

He was the husband of Ruth Sumner Ross with whom he shared 68 years of marriage.

Born in Port Deposit, MD, he was the son of the late Edward and Esther Thomas Ross.

A resident of Oxford, PA for many years, he graduated from Oxford High School in 1945 where he lettered in basketball and was voted the wittiest in his class.

He was a veteran of the US Army Air Corps, having enlisted during World War II. After serving his country, he obtained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He then worked for All-American Engineering in Wilmington, DE, followed by Westinghouse in Essington, PA, and for almost 30 years at Scott Paper Company, also in Essington, PA, where he was awarded four US patents for machine design.

Richard had a passion for living that never waned. That, along with an active mind, resulted in a life with many interests. He was a craftsman and held high standards for himself and others. As a young man he built and flew model airplanes when radio control was a novelty. He always saw the value that lay under rust and neglect. With his small box of assorted tools, there was little he could not fix, especially his sometimes large fleet of vehicles that always included a Chrysler Imperial.

He loved the fantasy world of Walt Disney, visited Disney parks often, and actively collected Disney toys and memorabilia. He also collected coins, stamps, and numerous antique items that caught his eye at auctions, flea markets and yard sales, which he attended frequently.

He was an amazing storyteller, regularly regaling friends and family with stories of his youth. He had an excellent memory; you would be hard pressed to mention a topic he did not know something about.

He enjoyed family life and took an active interest in his children and grandchildren. He was his family’s sunshine. He taught us the value of hard work, respect, and love of country. He was our hero and is now heading home.

Richard is survived by his wife; three sons, Steven Edward Ross of Phoenix, AZ, Darrell William Ross of Burlington, VT, and Kerry Michael Ross of Swarthmore, PA; one daughter, Judith Diane Richards of Santa Cruz, CA; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild; two sisters, Laura Gerisch of The Villages, FL and Dorothy Wooten of Perryville, MD.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald Allan Ross and Richard Thomas Ross, Jr., one sister Jane Schopp and three brothers, David Ross, Joseph Ross and John Paul Ross.

Visitation begins at 10am with funeral services following at 11am, Wednesday,
September 12, 2018 at Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford,
PA 19363.

A private interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Main Line Health Hospice. Make checks payable to “The Home Care and Hospice Foundation,” 240 North Radnor-Chester Rd., Radnor, PA 19087.

Arrangements by the Edward L. Collings, Jr., Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford, PA.
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11:00 AM 9/12/2018 11:00:00 AM
Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.

86 Pine St.
Oxford, PA 19363

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Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.
86 Pine St. Oxford 19363 PA
United States

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Main Line Health Hospice

240 North Radnor-Chester Rd.
Radnor , PA 19087
Make check payable to “The Home Care and Hospice Foundation,”

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